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James Edwards

(1756—1816) book collector and bookseller


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a member of the Edwards of Halifax family. He set up business in London in 1784, soon becoming a European leader in the book auction business. His most notable acquisitions include books from Prince Eugène de Savoie in Vienna, Pinelli’s library in Venice, and the Paris d’Illens books from France. A significant collector of books and MSS himself, Edwards's library included the Bedford Hours (seebedford master); the 1469 Livy, printed on vellum; and an exceptional collection of fine prints and drawings. The sale of his books figures prominently in Dibdin’s Bibliographical Decameron.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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